Cet Amour-La
Cet Amour-La (2003)

In the later years of her life, French author Marguerite Duras lives in a self-destructive haze, plagued by writer's block and the physical effects of alcoholism. She shuts herself off from the world, until Yann Andrea, a man thirty-six… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 2, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's a tender, sympathetic film from a gifted writer-director, Algerian-born Josee Dayan, who obviously adores Moreau, Duras and literature.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Alive and affecting.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Neither character comes off too well.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Like its subject, Cet Amour-La has a knack for making you focus on the beauty beneath the imperfections.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Cet Amour-Là founders on the difficulty that faces all movies about artists -- how to contextualize the work into the life without putting the audience to sleep.

Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Moreau's small but telling glances are all the movie has to reveal Duras' loneliness and yearning for a last embrace, but at times it's almost enough.

C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle

It is a great story, but it hasn't been translated to the screen.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

[Moreau] now in her mid-70s, takes charge of her scenes with an iron-fisted authority that refuses to acknowledge the inert movie around her.

Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

Dayan never makes the love story accessible to us, never makes us understand what there is between this couple.

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